• Arjuna said: O Janardana, O Keshava, why do you want to engage me in this ghastly warfare, if you think that intelligence is better than fruitive work?

• The supreme Personality of Godhead said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who try to realize the self. Some are inclined to understand it by empirical, philosophical speculation and others by devotional service.

• Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature;therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment.

• Perform your prescribed duty, for doing so is better than not working. One cannot even maintain one’s physical body without work.

• Work done as a sacrifice for Visnu has to be performed, otherwise work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore , o son of kunti, perform your prescribed duties for his satisfaction and in that way you will always remain free from bondage.

• The devotees of the lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered fist for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.

• All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by perfoemance of yagya, and yagya is born of prescribed duties.

• Kings such as janaka attained perfection solely by performance of prescribed duties. Therefore, just for the sake of educating the people in general, you should perform your work.

• O son of pritha there is no work prescribed for me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I a need to obtain anything- and yet I am engaged in prescribed duties.

• For if I ever failed to engage in carefully performing prescribed duties , o Partha, certainly all men would follow My path.

• As the ignorant perform their duties with attachment to results, the learned may similarly act, but without attachment , for the sake of leading people on the right path.

• So as not to disrupt the minds of ignorant men attached to the fruitive results of prescribed duties, a learned person should not induce them to stop work. Rather, by working in the spirit of devotion, he should engage them in all sorts of activities.

• The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actually carried out by the three modes of material nature.

• Therefore , O arjuna, surrendering all your works unto Me, with full knowledge of me , without desires for profit, with no claims to proprietorship, and free from lethargy fight.

• Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone follows the nature he has acquird from the three modes. What can repression accomplish?

• It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though facutily, than another’s duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.